California Central Coast

Rep. Salud Carbajal | Courtesy of Rep. Salud Carbajal

Central Coast Congressman Salud Carbajal is re-introducing legislation to protect federal land on the Central Coast, saying he’s optimistic Congress will be more receptive because of a new Biden administration.

Playing With Food: Playing with passion fruit

Feb 22, 2021
Fr. Ian Delinger

The Central Coast has fantastic produce, much of which you wouldn’t think could grow here, including passion fruit! Just east of Hwy 101 along Gobernador Canyon Road outside of Carpenteria is a passion fruit grower who is providing locals a steady supply of tasty treats, elegant creations and even cocktails. Find out more on Playing With Food.”

Playing With Food: Looking for lobster

Jan 25, 2021
Charlie Graham

Often when we think of lobster, the giant-clawed Atlantic lobster in Maine comes to mind. We tend not to think of palm trees and the sandy beaches of Santa Barbara—but that’s precisely where Father Ian stumbled upon a California spiny lobster fisherman in this episode of 'Playing With Food.'

Playing With Food: Finding figs

Jan 4, 2021
Jacki Paul

Finding figs on the Central Coast is easy: there are wild trees along local river beds. Mission figs are the most common, but one Central Coast resident has been the 'Johnny Appleseed' of the Turkish fig.

KVEC

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a conversation with David Congalton about his 28-year journey as a conduit for conversations about life on the California Central Coast as the Home Town talk show host on radio station KVEC.

Playing With Food: Artichokes galore

Apr 27, 2020
Liz Frost

The artichoke—California’s official vegetable—was brought here by the Spanish in the 19th century. With 99.9% of America’s artichokes grown here, they are as Central Coast as any produce can get, as Father Ian Delinger learns exploring the joys of artichokes in this episode of 'Playing With Food.'

Playing With Food: A Brussels holiday

Dec 23, 2019
Fr. Ian Delinger

It’s the holiday season, and what goes with the winter holidays better than Brussels sprouts? So many people hate them, yet they adorn many a holiday table across the country. There is an endless supply of the cute, tiny cabbages here on the Central Coast, and in this episode of "Playing With Food," Father Ian tries to help you fall in love with them or love them even more.

Screaming For Ice Cream

Aug 29, 2018
A taste of the delicious ice cream from the Scoop Truck in Harmony, CA (pop. 18)
Fr Ian M Delinger

It’s summer and it’s hot outside. Ice cream is the summer favorite. But where did it come from? How did it impact society? And is there anything new? Ice cream’s versatility and utility goes beyond anyone’s imagination. Playing With Food will have you Screaming For Ice Cream!

Are you a fan of audiobooks? Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in the digital publishing industry. Join host Brian Reynolds as he talks with professional audiobook narrator Jim Seybert. Jim Seybert has narrated over 30 nonfiction audiobooks, available on Audible and other platforms.

Issues and Ideas: Celebrating Juneteenth in San Luis Obispo

Jun 20, 2018

June 19 is Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day. It's a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and signified the emancipation of slaves throughout the United States. It came over two years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. 

Playing with Food: Blending with beard's bananas

Mar 28, 2018
Bananas
Fr Ian M Delinger

Did you know that there are bananas growing on the Central Coast? When I think about banana plantations, I think about warm, tropical places like Panama, Ecuador, or maybe Hawai’i for somewhere in the United States. But we have bananas right here on the Central Coast. Father Ian Delinger explored a banana plantation in Goleta that has been in existence since 1978, and was inspired to go bananas in the kitchen yet again with Central Coast produce, and Blending with Beard's Bananas.

Playing with Food: Creating with cannabis

Feb 5, 2018
Fr Ian M Delinger

As of January 1, the sale, purchase, and possession of marijuana and its products became legal in California. This prompted the “Playing With Food” Crew to flirt with the idea of Creating With Cannabis! Will Father Ian Delinger create an elaborate feast with cannabis? For sure, some issues and ideas are explored.

Valley Fever cases spike in Central Coast counties

Nov 16, 2017
USDA/Lance Cheung

The number of new Valley Fever cases in California is on path to make 2017 a record-breaking year. 

Playing With Pizza

Oct 25, 2017
SLO Fire Chief and his wood-fired pizza oven
Fr Ian M Delinger

Fr. Ian Delinger is “Playing With Pizza.” A wood-fired oven is an item that may or may not be something one would think a Fire Chief would have—shouldn’t he be putting out fires instead of starting them—or is he the safest person to start that fire? SLO Fire Chief Garret Olson has a passion for pizza. He invited Fr. Ian into his home pizzeria for a pizza tutorial and a look into the life of a firefighter.

Playing With Cheese!

Aug 30, 2017
Fromagerie Sophie
Fr Ian M Delinger

From a lump of mold being the most delicious food in the fridge to edible "plastic", Fr Ian explores Cheese! Glorious Cheese! Pairing cheese with wine and salami is an art in and of itself, a chore that Fr Ian is willing to undertake for the sake of good radio. Today he's Playing With Cheese.


4th fireworks

Jul 4, 2017

Looking for some Fourth of July pyrotechnics? Once the sun goes down Tuesday evening, municipal firework shows will kick off in the following Central Coast locales: Santa Barbara, Solvang, Lompoc, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Cambria.

Playing In the Co-Op Part2

Jun 28, 2017
My haul from wandering the aisles of the Co-Op
Fr Ian M Delinger

In this second exploration of Food Co-Ops, Fr Ian roams the aisles to find the most intriguing foods to cook with. He dives in to play with food in his kitchen to create some delicious foods and drinks. Then he chats with the President of the Board of the emerging Paso Food Co-Op.

KCBX Two-Way: Monterey County's Cemex sand mine

May 19, 2017
Gary Griggs

In March of 2016, the California Coastal Commission sent a cease and desist warning to the Cemex company over its sand mine on the Monterey County coast. Cemex, a multinational company headquartered in Mexico, operates the Cemex Lapis Sand plant on a beach about eight miles north of Monterey. The company’s customers use the mined sand in products ranging from water filtration systems to golf courses to concrete. But the facility has long been controversial in the area, and this week there was a new development. 

Wrapping With Food: Burritos

Feb 22, 2017
Carnitas Burrito at El Tapatio
Fr Ian M Delinger

Fr. Ian explores the origins of and the innovations with everybody's favorite foodstuff - The Burrito! From a college town to a farm town, Fr. Ian travels the length of the Central Coast to get to the bottom of the burrito...in more way than one.

Greta Mart/KCBX

A powerful storm brought heavy rains, gusty winds and pounding waves to the Central Coast Friday and early Saturday morning. Power outages across the region closed schools and businesses Friday morning in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties, and as of Saturday morning, many customers remain without power. Weather forecasters say another storm system will arrive Monday, President's Day. Here's an update on Central Coast storm-related news: